Heat water to 80-85ºC/176-185ºF* (not boiling - this is the optimal green tea temperature to avoid a bitter taste). This is best done with a temperature-controlled kettle, however, you can also use a stovetop and thermometer or just heat the water to 'just before boiling point'. When it simmers, allow it to cool for a couple of minutes.
Pour water in your glass/mug first. Or, if you're making a large amount, then into the jug/teapot.
Then, add the tea leaves to the water. You can add them directly to the water or use a tea strainer/sieve/infuser.**
Steep the tea for three minutes. Though, depending on how strong you like your tea, the steeping time will vary. I'd suggest tasting it after 1 minute and every 30 seconds until it’s right for you. If you steep it for too long, then the tea will become bitter/grassy.
Add in the sweetener of your choice or any 'extras', and enjoy.
* If you start to boil the water by mistake, then quickly remove it from the heat and allow it to cool for a few minutes. You can also pour the water into a cool, empty container, and this will help to drop the temperature (if you move it between two containers, it will work even better). You could also add some room temperature water to the boiled water to bring down the temperature.** The leaves can expand and unfold in the water so it's good to allow plenty of space. For that reason, large infusers are a great option instead of small strainers.
To make iced green tea, simply steep the tea as described then allow it to cool and refrigerate. Serve with some lemon juice and ice-cubes.
You can also cold brew this tea (to remove all risk of bitterness). This takes a lot longer than other methods though. You’ll need to leave the tea brewing in cold water in the refrigerator for anywhere between 3-10 hours.
Whole tea leaves can actually be steeped up to three times, with a slightly different flavor each time.
Make sure that the tea leaves are still green post-brewing - that’s the sign of an authentic green tea.
Not only do you have the option of loose leaves and tea bags, but there are also green tea-based 'flowering teas' that come in the form of little 'acorn' shape, that open up and bloom in the water while brewing.
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